As you read through the Bible, you will run across many details that seem to be merely historical accounts, or even details that seem completely random and unnecessary. You might puzzle over why those details, out of the countless details that could have been included, were included. The parable where Jesus curses the fig tree, in Mark 11, is one of those details. Why is it included in the Bible?
Mark 11:12-14 (KJV)
11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not [yet].
11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard [it].
In this short and intriguing study, we learn the physical details of fig trees, such as when fig trees typically bear leaves and fruit. We go all the way back to Genesis, where we read that Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves after they sinned. This is A KEY! Understanding the spiritual symbolism used in Genesis (and the importance of “first mention” in the Scriptures) helps us unlock the mystery of why Jesus cursed the fig tree in Mark 11.